Evacuation Procedures

If You Are Told to Evacuate, Take the Following Steps

  • Listen carefully to instructions given by local officials. Evacuate immediately if told to do so.
  • If you have time, grab your portable disaster (72-hour) kit. Make sure that you include any last-minute items, such as prescription medication, that you may need.
  • Wear appropriate clothing and sturdy shoes.
  • Lock your home.
  • Use travel routes outlined by local officials. Do not take short cuts; they may be unsafe.
  • Keep fuel in your car if evacuation seems likely. Gas stations may be closed during emergencies.
  • If you go to a shelter, notify staff of any special needs you may have. They will try to accommodate you and make you comfortable.
  • Be prepared to leave your home if:
    • Your area is without electrical power or water for an extended period of time.
    • There is a chemical emergency affecting your area.
    • Flood water is rising.
    • A wild land fire is burning near your home.
    • Your home has been severely damaged.
    • Local officials tell you to evacuate

Senior Citizens

Everyone's abilities and needs are unique, so it is important that each person takes the right steps to be prepared. Seniors should keep specialized items ready for an emergency and develop a network of neighbors, friends and family to guarantee safety. View more information on senior citizen plans.


If you're asked to evacuate your home, don't leave your pets behind! You don't know when you'll return to your home and your pets won't be able to take care of themselves. Some shelters may not allows animals, so make sure to plan ahead for alternatives. You could develop a buddy system with your neighbors or family members to take your pets in case you're not able to.